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Address: Sultan Park, Male
Phone Number:
(960) 332 2254

Sun-Thu 08:00 - 18:00

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Nice air-conditioned place on a hot afternoon

This musuem, whose construction was funded by China, depicts the history, culture and marine flora/fauna of the Maldives. Thanks to the air-conditioning, it is a nice place to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 6, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spend half an hour at the national museum. Not the most interesting place, but still informative. :-)

Thank Klaus L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Noticed that our national museum is missing many items like our forefathers main economic activities like Raaverikan, kanburuverikan, bolihilun (collecting shell from reef) and even traditional fishing items are not available in the museum.

Thank Ibrahim H
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

This musuem, whose construction was funded by China, depicts the history, culture and marine flora/fauna of the Maldives. Thanks to the air-conditioning, it is a nice place to spend on a hot afternoon or rainy day. Entrance fee is 100 MVR and there's an additional 10 MVR for taking photos. There are two floors. On the ground floor, there are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Not much information provided woth regards to ancient times, Buddhist Kingdom of Maldives which is the foundational importance to the history this country. Also limited information on history of the Hinduism cultural influence originated from the neighbouring countries and about on European colonialism. We spent more than an hour to tour the entire museum. If time permits, would recommend this... More 

Thank DoraOly
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

I learned a great deal about the history of the archipelago on my afternoon's visit to the National Museum. My guide was a distinguished older Maldivian lady who was caring and interesting, displaying a true internationalist outlook in the process. She did such a great job fleshing out the bare bones of the written descriptions on the labelling of the... More 

Thank Perry B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Been visit Maldives national museum as is the only one. Nothing too much special. Really small. As a foreign you need to Pay 100 ruffian if u Maldivian 10 and extra 10 if u want to take pic which i think is discrimination and not fair.thought staff quite friendly and nice explain all you need. Good speaking in english. Is... More 

Thank Aistė L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

If you want to know the history of Maldives visit this place. It is very neat and clean place. People are so nice and eager to tell you about the things. You have to take ticket to take photographs inside. Experienced very interesting exhibition of technical and fossils.A must visit for museum lovers.

Thank Sarang P
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

One of the very few places to see in Male. A well kept museum. 2 floors, mostly covering handicrafts of that region, obviously many sea shells and some history of the past - Kings who ruled, artifacts related tot hem etc. There was a police pavilion, an individual there explained to us almost everything that was on display - a... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

The exhibits are mainly collections from the palace but the display certainly needs more work. Not much is written to describe the history of exhibits. The museum is 2 storey but not much to see and looks sparse and layout is underwhelming. Foreigners pay 100 Maldivian Rupees for entry, so if time does not permit, you can definitely skip this.

Thank andaluciababe
Jakarta, Indonesia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Very small museum and not much to show...I think it might be a bit hapahzardly put together to see a more historical / educational part of maldives....but well really it is not much at all

Thank AnchAO

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